Today, the students in South African’s KwaZulu-Natal will end their classes earlier than usual as the province is bracing for a new wave of severe thunderstorms.
The local Department of Education has issued a statement instructing all schools to close their gates due to the predicted bad weather conditions.
“Those who are writing must continue with their planned sessions and be released immediately after finishing. Where possible, parents must be informed to collect their children to ensure a safe return home,” department’s head Eugene Nzama stated.
KZN has been under the effect of consistent rainy spell since the start of October. Severe flooding with lightning strikes and gale-force winds wreak havoc destroying transmission lines, provincial roads, and numerous houses.
On Thursday, a vehicle with four passengers inside was swept off Barnsley Road into the swollen Duzi river in the Camps Drift area of Pietermaritzburg. With the help of the local rescue services, all of the victims managed to survive the incident and get to safety.
Four people were rescued from the Duzi River after the taxi they were travelling in was washed off a low-laying bridge near Makro during the storm earlier today. They were rescued by the SAPS search and rescue team and were taken to hospital.
Posted by The Witness on Wednesday, 13 November 2019
The latest reports suggest at least 16 people died in the flooding, while the number of injured is yet to be determined.